Saturday, October 13, 2018

Oct. 13: The world downhill.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/usmca-canada-china-coalition-1.4855868

Get used to it. We are now America's bumboy just as over a hundred years ago, we were Britain's bumboy in fighting a British war that had nothing to do with us in the Boer War.  The Boer War was a plundering of South Africa to please wealthy English. Trump's face-off against China is an attempt to plunder China for the benefit of American billionaires.

Onward Christian soldiers.
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O Canada!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/12/canada-pension-fund-invests-in-us-immigration-detention-firms
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Western mining companies (including Canadian ones) and their stockholders have been bringing poverty, torture,  misery and death to the people of Congo for a century and a half.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/12/phone-misery-children-congo-cobalt-mines-drc
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/13/donald-trump-jamal-khashoggi-saudi-arabia-cbs-interview

For 70 years, the U.S. has been a good buddy to the rulers of Saudi Arabia - perhaps the most dictatorial and brutal rulers in the world. Will it now start getting tough? I doubt it. And certainly the oil industry will take the side of the world's cruelest dictatorship.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/10/nikki-haley-departure-chaos-trump-foreign-policy
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2018/10/ottawas-mercenary-world-pro-military-lobbying
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2018/10/supreme-court-ruling-against-duty-consult-fails-indigenous
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http://www.taxfairness.ca/en/news/cameco-ruling-shows-need-outlaw-tax-haven-use

I wonder how much irving and friends cost New Bruswick tax payers every year. I wonder if the irving press will tell us. (Nah. I made up that last sentence.)
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The glyphosates that are sprayed in New Brunswick are good for us. If they weren't, we wouldn't be spraying them, would we? Read any reports about this from the two-fisted journalists of the irving press?

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/13/from-gm-potatoes-to-glyphosate-regulatory-delinquency-and-toxic-agriculture/

Enjoy your fried potato at supper today.
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Another story we'll never see in the gutless irving press.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/13/unbridled-power/
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/13/wasting-food-in-a-hungry-world-world-food-day-16-october/
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And another one that won't make our major news media.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/13/we-need-cities-of-resistance-climate-adaptation-is-no-longer-an-option/
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/13/weather-and-white-house-turmoil-as-elections-loom/

Our commercial news media didn't notice it, but Tropical storm Michael came unpleasantly close to New Brunswick.
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Read this........

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/12/peak-carbon-emissions-by-2020-or-else/

.....then explain to us why the big issue in New Brunwick is whether we spend too much by having French/English translators on our  ambulances.
Then explain to us why the big issue in New Brunswick is whether we are overspending by having French/el translators on our ambulances.
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Global Research, like many social media, has just been banned from Facebook. Expect this to spread. Is it because they lie? I haven't seen any evidence of that. Indeed, I can find lots of lying and other misreporting in our commercial news media. We're taking a big step into state censorship. Because that's what this is.  If the government really had a case against anything in the social media, it could take it to the courts. But it's not doing that. (And if it really cared, it would take most commercial news media in North America to the courts. But it won't do that, either.) No. We're watching the sort of state censorship that we once thought only Naziis  would impose.)

https://www.globalresearch.ca/social-media-censorship-intensifies/5656828
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There is no connection between the principles of Judaism and the behaviour of Israel. German (and British and Canadian and American) persecution of Jews does not justify Israeli horrors inflicted on Palestine.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-is-destroying-both-israel-and-the-palestinians/5656785
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To even think of a world war today is insane.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-report-points-to-us-preparations-for-total-war/5656802

But we have lots of insane people.

And think hard about who it is that want's these wars - and why. These wars, as almost always, are for the benefit of billionaires who want to control world markets. That's why the U.S. has fought seventy wars since 1945. That's why it has killed millions of innocent civilians - especially women and children. That's why Trump brags of his love for his military. They murder those millions to make Trump and his friends fatter.
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Trump threatens to do-----nothing ------to the rulers of Saudi Arabia who seem to  have murdered a journalist. It could cost, he says, American jobs. Oh, well....in that case let the Saudi rulers kill as many as they like.

And Christians all over the U.S. clap hands.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50411.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50416.htm

And 2,000 years of Christianity have left not the slightest mark on our behaviour.
No. Not even at the irving chapel.
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https://off-guardian.org/2018/10/13/see-what-the-two-main-american-political-parties-have-become/

Why does this remind me of the politics of New Brunswick? And of Canada in general?
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Iraq was a war that achieved nothing. It is still a hopelessly divided country, and one that has never recovered from that war. What it has done, along with Afghanistan, is to trigger a series of wars to give American capitalists control of middle east resources. And that series is now leading us into a world, nuclear war.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/441107-iraq-war-syria-hell/

By the way, note the number of children killed in that war - some  500,000 at least. Jesus would be so pleased at the courage of the American and British armies that did that.
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After 500 years of mass murder, slavery, starvation, plunder most of the world has no reason to love the western powers - notably Britain, Spain, France and the U.S. Funny how our news media have not noticed that.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/441076-trump-china-india-rapprochement/
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Another victim as our masters tell us what we are allowed to read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4zu_QS6hK4
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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/12/40percent-of-american-middle-class-face-poverty-in-retirement-study-says.html
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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181011-israel-forces-detain-palestinian-kids-on-way-to-school/

Read the Old Testament carefully. You'll find nothing in it that justifies this.
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https://truthout.org/articles/do-we-really-have-the-time-and-the-tools-to-fix-climate-change/
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Hitler's naziis would have fit right into our foreign relations. Well, it's not just "would have".  They do fit right in.

https://truthout.org/articles/in-yemen-trump-is-taking-tolerance-for-war-crimes-to-a-new-level/
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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/human-fingerprints-extreme-weather_us_5bc0fca7e4b05ca1d2e28b03

Let's wake up, shall we?
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Throughout history, nations have given rise to leaders whose positions become hereditary.. They called them caesars or kings or emperors - and, even if the first ones were intelligent, their successors frequently became less so - and even dangerous in their idiocy.

But no matter how idiotic and perverse they became, they still ruled by right of birth. In the period following the collapse of Rome, Europe added to these hereditary kings layers of hereditary dukes, duchesses, earls,   princes, princesses, sirs, counts..... And they commonly inherited the lands and the servants of their parents.

Today, most of these people do nothing useful. But they remain recipients of state wealth, of social status, of honours.... British lords (but not ladies) have the right to sit in government in the house of lords even if, as happens, some are gibbering idiots.

The Queen leads the crowd in Britain. And she is a decent person - but of no use  that couldn't be satisfied at a far, far cheaper price. Ditto her  husband. And her children. Prince Charles, who could barely handle high school has a household staff of - seriously - more than a hundred and fifty. Then there are his sons.... And we have another princess of no known function who just got married at monstrous cost.

Then there's the hugely expensive assortment of palaces and castles for the Queen with all their massive costs, and the mansions for the rest with their huge staffs of servants.... This all must cost taxpayers billions.

Of course, they all consider themselves worth this massive cost though most of them do nothing at all - though they all consider themselves superior to the rest of us.

The world of big business works in the same way. It's big wigs are commonly the sons of the the very rich of generations before them. They, too, see themselves as special people with a right to wealth and power. So it was that both Donald Trump and his son-in-law thought it quite correct for them - but not for us peasants - to skip paying taxes.

Generation after generation they produce increasingly retarded and useless offspring who will, nonetheless, leave school to walk into jobs that start at a million. And they learn to regard themselves as superior to us peasants.

The British royals are probably the champs at this. But the business world is catching up.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Oct. 11: The rise of fascism - again.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2018/oct/10/climate-change-what-will-happen-hellfire-california-forest-fires

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/losses-from-climate-disasters-surge-over-last-20-years-un-says-1.4856708

https://theantimedia.com/united-nations-geoengineering-save-humanity/

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/10/new-un-report-warns-climate-catastrophe-while-ford-kenney-spout-rhetoric

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-global-warming-report-falls-short-of-honest-truth

What should be the biggest news of our time almost never makes the pages of our local newspapers here in New Brunswick. We are very, very close to the final disaster. And we're making no plans to do anything.
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Then I include this item because it is the most brainless article I have ever seen. Written by a scientist, it says we shouldn't worry about climate change because we're all going to die some day anyway. I'm serious. The article actually says that.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/climate-change-were-not-literally-doomed-but/
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Then there's this stunning statement.

https://www.rt.com/usa/440980-trump-chinese-lived-too-well/

If Trump believes that, he should also believe that he lives too, too, too, too, too, too, too well. I have spent much time in China. It is certainly far, far better off today that it was when it under British and other European control. But those days were dreadfully wretched. Today, it is still a land of hardship by North American standards.

Take this seriously. If Trump believes that and if Americans accept it, they are well on the road to fascism. And I'm not using the word fascist loosely. And I do actually know what fascism means. Trump is not yet a full-blown fascist. But he and his followers are well on the road to it. The maintenance of his electoral following shows that the U.S. is ready to be fascist, so ready, it is hard to see how it will avoid becoming a fascist state - soon.

Among the features of fascism are the targetings of foreigners, immigrants and refugees for hatred - as the Chinese are being targeted in this case. Then there's the admittance of the super wealthy into control of the government. And the super-worship of national patriotism and the military.  (That comes through clearly in Trump's twitter notes.) There's the idolization of the nation as one with a right - even a religious obligation -  to rule all other nations. These are all characteristics of American politics as they were of Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany. Oh, and of the old British Empire.

Think about that on November 11.

Think also about why the U.S. is fighting all these wars that Canada is going to get sucked into. The wars are being demanded by America's leading capitalists.

First, capitalists make huge profits out of war materials. This is why the U.S. has the highest military spending in world history. Secondly, capitalists want wars to steal the natural resources (like oil) of other countries. Almost all wars of the last several hundred years have been the wars of capitalism.

Capitalism has no moral standards. It has no social values. It exists only to feed its own greed. And it no longer pays for the wars. That load is dumped on the rest of us, along with the fighting. That's why Trump always praises the military for its 'patriotism'. It's because he and his rich friends depend on the military to make them even richer.

Capitalism is not a set of social values. It is based on nothing but pure greed - and indifference to human needs. That's why it has to be controlled. But half-wit amoralists like chambers of commerce and the irving press insist capitalism must not be controlled. It should be allowed free to let the big capitalists loot all the rest of us and, indeed, all the world.
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The recent disappearance of an honest journalist, almost certainly ordered by the government of Saudi Arabia. has raised unusual concern as it follows a rise in European murders of honest journalists.

Luckily, journalists who write for the irving press in New Brunswick need never fear.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/09/the-guardian-view-on-the-killing-of-journalists-the-truth-in-peril

What will happen in this case? Almost certainly - nothing. Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most vicious, murderous and, yes, fascist government in the world, is a best friend of Canada and the U.S. (Recent reports claim the journalist was murdered in a Saudi embassy in Turkey, and the body cut up into small pieces for disposal.)
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2018/10/denying-drinking-water-indigenous-nations-act-genocide
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2018/10/making-link-between-militarism-and-global-refugee-crisis
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2018/10/10/child-killer-cop-gets-then-gives-second-chance-his-victim-never-had
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https://consortiumnews.com/2018/10/09/future-of-western-democracy-being-played-out-in-brazil/
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Contrary to popular belief, our  universities are pompous disasters. They have always been poor teaching institutions because their professors have no training whatever in how to teach, and no sense of how to design programmes. They also live in a mist of academic arrogance and posturing. To make it worse, half of all professors in Canada, the U.S. and Britain have no job security. And, of course, the places are so overpriced that most students can attend only by putting themselves into debt for years after graduation. (I have ten years of university education. It took me fifteen years to pay for it. I should have stayed with my first job as a mailboy.)

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/10/the-sessional-curse-universities-and-the-casual-work-force/
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https://theantimedia.com/award-israeli-snipers/

Israel's racism in its treatment of Palestinians brings back some memories of Hitler's treatment of Jews. Alas! It often works that way. The victims of bullies and persecutors become bullies and persecutors in their own right.

Incidentally, it's the Judaic writings in The Bible in which we are told, Thou shalt not kill. But I guess Jehovah must have passed the word that it's okay to kill Palestinians.
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-kavanaugh-and-the-path-to-neoliberal-fascism/
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https://theintercept.com/2018/10/11/trump-family-separation-immigration/
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Then there's the irving press of New Brunswick. But what can I say? Today's edition of our Moncton Times and Transcript has..... well, it's big U.S. story is that Amazon workers in the U.S. will now earn $15 an hour. Wow! (It doesn't mention that very large numbers of them won't get anything. They will be laid off as Amazon turns to robots. It's all planned.)

Then it has a brief story on the mayor of Montreal saying we need to act now on climate. And there's an exciting story about a pumpkin thief in Ontario.

And that pretty much covers all domestic and world news. I mean, who has to care about Yemen or Syria or the growing certainty of  wars between the U.S. and Iran and Saudi Arabia and  Iran and Russia and China. Who cares about the near certainty that Canada will be asked to take part? Who cares about Ukraine getting aggressive on the Russian border - or about Canadian troops who are nearby? Who cares that, in order to get a trade deal with the U.S., Canada has agreed it will join the U.S. in refusing to have any trade deal with China. (This is really an act of war since the U.S. has no right to place such restrictions on trade with China or any other country.  The U.S. has used this illegal and bullying power to impoverish countries it doesn't approve of - Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, North Korea....  There is every chance that some of these deals are going to lead to war - and Canada will be expected to be a good, little ally to the U.S. and take part. Funny how the irving press never noticed that.)

The irving press for today really has no world news at all. In local 'must know' news, there's a big story about a boutique for babies opening, and another about a supermarket selling cider.

As to commentary, Norbert Cunningham has quite a decent one on what I will call the racism of the People's Alliance party. I know what racism looks and smells like. I spent much of my life in the middle of it. This is a party of shallow thought which, admittedly, places it in a class with the Liberals and Conservatives.

The editorial is the usual ass-kisser which says we should cut government spending right way. And guess whose ass that kisses. The wealthy of this province paying nothing - nada - nil - in income tax - those are the asses it kisses. As well, the wealthy also expect - and get - handouts from our taxes every year. That's why it we have an annual deficit. But no editor of the irving press has ever had the guts or integrity to say that.

As usual, the whole paper can be read in about two minutes - and nothing learned. That's why New Brunswick's people still vote for the Liberal and Conservative parties which still live in the nineteenth century. And that's why the newest party in the province, People's Alliance, is a fragment of 19th century racism.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Oct. 9:Welcome to Nazi North America

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-report-global-warming-climate-change-1.4854363

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/08/the-guardian-view-on-climate-change-a-global-emergency

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/09/tipping-points-could-exacerbate-climate-crisis-scientists-fear

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/08/world-leaders-climate-change-ipcc-report

https://truthout.org/articles/earths-ice-loss-is-a-nuclear-explosion-of-geologic-change/

Climate change is for real. And we have no idea how quickly it may happen. As it happens, expect refugees in the hundreds of millions. Expect collapsing markets. Expect wars to kill the refugees, to steal neighbouring land.....

We've known about this for almost 40 years - and we  have barely lifted a finger to deal with it.  In particular, the owners of the oil industry have been too greedy to notice what is happening. (
gee - why do Blaine Higgs and his Conservatives come to mind?) We are on the edge of one hell of an abyss. Nor do we read much about it in the irving press.

And we still aren't doing anything.
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https://www.rt.com/op-ed/440431-veterans-suicide-us-war/

Donald Trump is forever praising his military for doing his killing for him. He never notices that they are also killing themselves.
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The forgotten war.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/05/heavy-price-paid-for-war-in-afghanistan
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/07/sara-benjamin-netanyahu-and-breach-of-trust-trial-begins-in-jerusalem

This story will probably never make the irving press.
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A Saudi journalist was last seen entering his country's embassy in Constantinople. He has not been seen since. Of course not, our democracy-loving friends in Saudi Arabia, our agents of the future in the middle east, and the buddies of the oil industry, are our friends, the ones the U.S., Canada and Britain supply weapons to so they can massacre the people of Yemen. It's a safe bet the journalist was murdered by Saudi officials, and his body disposed of.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/08/kamal-khashoggi-mohammed-bin-salman-saudi-arabia

These are the friends of the God Bless America crowd in the U.S.
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Why is The Guardian the only major newspaper I quote? Because for all its slippage in the last thirty years and more, it is still the best  commercial  newspaper in the world. (okay. second best after Haaretz, but Haaretz has a smaller coverage.)
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And the story that will never appear in the irving press of New Brunswick....

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/31/analysis-shows-canadas-87-richest-families-now-hold-much-wealth-12-million-lowest
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Yet another story that the irving press will never print.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/17/dumbest-policy-world-report-details-how-canadas-massive-fossil-fuel-subsidies
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And another...

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/01/disgusting-short-sighted-and-shameful-ontarios-right-wing-govt-nixes-basic-income

New Brunswick readers will find virtually no news about Canada in their newspapers. The best source for Canadian news is Common Dreams. Type in common dreams for your search. When it comes up, go to the upper left hand corner symbol of three horizontal lines with a list of countries below it. God down that list and press Canada.
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My local irving press has one of its routine bone-headed commentary columns on how the U.S. is far more powerful economically than China is. (It comes, of course, from The Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, one of this world's propaganda houses for billionaires.)  In fact, though, there are many ways of measuring an economy. And to add to that, China is already second to the U.S. in the commonest measures, and it's economy is growing much more quickly. All the signs are that China will outstrip the U.S. in the near future.

The article was written by a SENIOR FELLOW of the Atlantic Institute. And what does SENIOR FELLOW of the Atlantic Institiute  mean? Not a damn thing.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-is-on-the-road-to-becoming-a-fascist-state/5656408
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50396.htm
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Brazil has just elected one of the world's more dangerous men. His election, among other things, means the destruction of what's left of the Amazon rainforest - with climatic effects we can only guess at. It also means a strong movement of American corporation bosses into that country.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50395.htm
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https://off-guardian.org/2018/10/08/bias-the-new-impartiality/
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https://thesaker.is/future-of-western-democracy-being-played-out-in-brazil/

Sounds extreme? It is not. We are living in a process that began at least as early as 1930s naziism. With people like Ford in Ontario and Trump in the U.S., we are walking the same path trod by Hitler.

Hitler had the massive support of the big capitalists in Germany. Trump and Ford (and Higgs in New Brunswick) have the same support.) We are ruled by people whose only interest is the profits of those who pay them. (Where do you think Hitler got his money to create the Nazi party? It wasn't from passing around empty beer mugs at taverns.)
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The very, very complex story of what is happening in Syria, Iran, etc.
The simple explanation is that western capitalists want the resources and full control of those countries. That's how this all started back in World War 2. That's why children are being starved to death in Yemen.

That's why we betrayed everything we said we were fighting for in World War Two and in every war since then. The only change since 1945 is the addition of the determination of American capitalists to conquer a world that they can have unlimited plunder for private gain.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Oct. 6: Our very dangerous world.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/theinvestigators/the-investigators-trump-taxes-1.4850942

Now, how about an expose on taxes not paid by New Brunswick's wealthy? No. The irving press is too busy criticizing the government for spending too much.
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Another story that didn't (and won't) make the irving press.

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/oct/04/ontario-six-nations-nestle-running-water
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This story may seem overdone. I don't think it is. Comic books do project values - of some sort - on children. And Walt Disney was an ardent admirer of Hitler. And since his death, his comics have continued to project American 'values' and racism.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/05/ariel-dorfman-how-we-roasted-donald-duck-disney-agent-of-imperialism-chile-coup

This story comes from Chile, a country whose government was overthrown by a U.S. planned and financed revolution. I had a Irish film maker friend who was working in Chile at the time. He was the kind of film maker whose work would not be appreciated by the new, fascist government. So he got out of Chile just ahead of the soldiers who were looking for him.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/05/heavy-price-paid-for-war-in-afghanistan

The U.S never had a legitimate reason to invade Afghanistan. Contrary to popular American myth, Afghanistan did NOT carry out the 911 attack. Nor did it shelter anybody who did. Indeed, it had volunteered to send any Afghanistan person the U.S. charged with being part of plot to face an international court.

The invasion of Afghanistan was to get control of its considerable natural resources for American billionaires. It is also strategically useful for American military aggression.

That means Canada had no business being there, either. We might remember that on Nov. 11. (But we won't.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/05/child-among-three-palestinians-shot-dead-by-israeli-army

But who gives a damn? Right? Certainly the irving press couldn't care less.
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I'm not convinced by this article on using free public transit to cut down on the use of private cars. For a start, many cities - like the one I live in - are huge stretches of urban sprawl, a system that cries for transportation by private cars.
But it's good to see that some people are thinking about how we are going to deal
with our urban sprawl because climate change is moving in on us, and moving in quickly. And we may have to learn that acres of of single family bungalows might not be  good idea.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/yves-englers-blog/2018/10/free-public-transit-could-challenge-reliance-cars
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The world war we are flirting with. Make no mistake. We are very, very close to a nuclear war which will, necessarily, be a nuclear one. And the idea that such a war could be won is a very dangerous idea.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/06/syrias-no-fly-zone/
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This next column was written by a man whose credentials will turn off most readers. However, whatever his political beliefs might be, this is a sound column. American police, for many, many years, have been killing far more Americans - over a thousand a year - than terrorists do - a point that Trump and the U.S. news media have not noticed.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/06/one-killer-cop-convicted-get-with-the-revolution-and-get-rid-of-this-whole-system-that-needs-killer-cops/
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Yes. Climate change is happening. And it's happening very, very quickly. But our provincial Conservative leader, Mr. Blaine Higgs, thinks it's more important to develop fracking.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/05/drought-laden-rainforests/

Mr. Higgs can make cavemen seem like intellectuals.
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The U.S. is far the world's biggest spender on weapons. And it puts pressure on all its allies to spend heavily on weapons. And this has little to do with defence. It has to do with giving massive profits to the billionaires who own American defence industries.

Because of that, spending has to be cut on unnecessary things in the U.S. - like public education, health care, relieving poverty......

https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-the-political-power-of-weapons/5656172

That is why we are, every day, living under the threat of global devastation.
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We've had bits of news about China brutally putting Uyghurs (Chinese Muslims) into concentration camps - holding at least a million of them. That may not be the whole story. In fact, it may not be the story at all.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/chinas-uyghur-problem-the-recruitment-of-uyghur-muslims-to-join-al-qaeda/5656293
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Those American military heroes we see on TV news on parade have  quite a record of killing children.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/illegal-sanctions-pompeo-arranges-mass-starvation-of-iranian-people/5656154

Where the hell are our Christian churches in this?  (I guess they're in the same place as Germany' s Christian churches were with Hitler.) Maybe the Irving Chapel will discuss this in its closing service for the year. And maybe hell will freeze over first.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50380.htm

Oh, I know. It's all settled. But just think. The U.S. supreme court now has a majority of justices who are highly partisan, who have long records of serving the very, very rich and favouring them in their decisions. - though none of the others have Kavanaugh's long history of lying. The U.S. is destroying itself.
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American dollars at work - to starve children....

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50381.htm
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The United States now has the largest empire in world history. Think of that on Nov. 11.  Is that what Canadian died for in two world wars?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50382.htm
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And here is a frightening possibility for the start of World War 3, one that has Canadian troops nearby when it happens.

https://off-guardian.org/2018/10/06/us-switching-to-ukraine-as-location-to-start-world-war-iii/

I was not surprised to read that Canadians of Ukrainian descent have been contributing money to nazi elements in Ukraine. Those Ukrainians who came to Canada before World War One were attracted by democracy. But those coming later have tended to be, to put it kindly, far right wing. And, to put it more accurately, nazi.
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https://truthout.org/articles/climate-change-is-a-major-midterm-issue-corporate-media-are-ignoring-it/

It's not just American news media who are ignoring climate change. Our very own Brunswick News is notably silent on the issue - as is Blaine Higgs, leader of the Conservative party, who could well be our next premier.
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https://theintercept.com/2018/10/05/dear-susan-collins-the-opposition-to-brett-kavanaugh-includes-churches-law-professors-and-conservatives-even-his-own-friends/

Note that the critics of the U.S. government include the churches - institutions notable in Canada for their failure to say much about anything.
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Short summary? The western world is under the thumb of billionaires who couldn't care less about climate change, and who want a war in the middle east that would almost certainly become a world, nuclear war. That war is now so close, it could happen at any time because these billionaires own most western governments and most news media.

Democracy has become debased by political leaders who win power not by any vision for the future and its needs but by capitalizing on our disillusion with political change by tapping into anger at the perceived threats of immigrants - based on religion, language, skin colour. Instead of dealing with real issues, these politicians get people to vote for them based not so much on what they stand for as to distract them from their many dissatisfactions. Thus Donald Trump in the U.S., the far right in Germany, Doug Ford in Toronto, the People's Alliance Party in New Brunswick.......and, of course, Hitler in the Germany of the 1930s.

On Nov. 11, think. Think first of those who served us in two world wars. Then think of how we have forgotten all that we said they fought for, and have turned to fighting wars to make billionaires richer.
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Ah, the New Brunswick News.

Banner headline. Page one. The Moncton Times and Transcript. "Get stoned drivers off the roads: Higgs"   Blaine Higgs, of course, is the leader of the Conservatives, and probably the future premier of New Brunswick. And he says, fearlessly, that such driving is not being stopped. (In fact, as the police say and the paper mentions, the controls he is demanding ARE in place.)

But no matter. In a province in which the wealthy pay no taxes and suck deeply off ours, in a world facing destruction of its whole planet, the fearless Blaine Higgs puts his finger on the real issue - stoned drivers. And the irving press thinks this drivel is worth reporting. And it's really the high point of the whole first section.

The editorial page has the political cartoonist's only, and repeated, theme - the Liberals are bad.

Norbert Cunningham has quite a reasonable column on the U.S. treatment of our trade with it. His point, a very reasonable one. is that the U.S. exploits us. Indeed, the reality is that we are subjects of the American empire - just like Venezuela or Haiti. And if we step out of line, we will get it just like Venezuela will. Indeed, we may well get it even while standing in line as climate change makes Canada an attractive target for a suffering U.S.

A less useful column is by Brian Stephenson who decries the province's debt but who, as all irving press reporters, never mentions that we have that debt because the wealthy don't pay taxes. (In fact, I don't think that any party in the recent election mentioned that.)

And he thinks we have to improve education? I'm not at all sure the education system is the problem. New Brunswick is not anything that could be called a province of intellectually active people. Political debate, in any real sense, scarcely exists. Intellectually interesting activities - theater, music - are almost unheard of. In fact, this is a province that rather looks down on any activity that involves thought. At the new, hundred million dollar events centre, one is more likely to hear somebody with a guitar singing through his nose than to hear a symphony orchestra.

The  problem may not be the schools. It may be a much deeper social problem. I am not an admirer of any political party I  have seen in this province - though  I like some more than others. But it is surely a sign when the winning Conservatives had what was far the most ignorant and possibly damaging policies. That's comparable to the singer with a banjo who sings through his nose.

If relatively new political parties like the Greens and NDP want to have any impact on this province, they are going to have to work hard all year every year, educating the voters.

Then there are two pages that are restful reading on world and Canadian news. Apparently, nothing much has  happened in any of these. No wars happening and no wars threatening.  No children being deliberately murdered or starved to death. No American and Chinese fleets confronting each other. Nothing happening in Venezuela..... This is a great section for insomniacs.
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Oh, for those who think I went too far in criticizing the People's Alliance party for its criticism of French rights in New Brunswick, check out the Moncton Times and Transcript of Oct. 5 for a quotation from a village mayor who accuses the French of  "hatred, bigotry and a sense of  entitlement".

I've lived through enough bigotry and racism to know it when I see it.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Oct. 4: It took two minutes to read today's irving press.

For three hours I have been writing this blog. Then, sudenly, everything has been erased. It happened twice. I have no idea why.  Damn! It's now been six hours and I'm now proofreading. I can only hope nothing happens before I finish.
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 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/04/libya-war-zone-eu-
refugees-tripoli-fighting

For a century, British, American and European capitalists have been making countries like Libya into hells. That has created millions of refugees, broken families, enormous misery. Tough luck, say our billionaires.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/02/trump-administration-planet-boil-refugee-camps

Meanwhile, in New Brunswick our Conservative deep thinkers are concentrating on important things - like developing shale gas. And the People's Alliance thinks our big problem is that we  have too many French-speaking people.

Duh - we'll worry about climate change when it happens, duh...
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We are doing nothing significant about climate change. The Conservatives haven't even noticed it's happening. And the other parties, even the Greens, are more silent on it than they should be. This is the greatest issue of our time, perhaps of any time. And we have very limited time to deal with it.  You would never know that from our news media - or our corporate bosses who simply refuse to notice it is happening. The Conservative aim to develop fracking is both evil and stupid. That no party shows any willingness to recognize how serious this is is insane.

https://truthout.org/articles/climate-change-is-a-major-midterm-issue-corporate-media-are-ignoring-it/

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/04/more-doubling-day-now-1200-law-professors-and-counting-have-signed-letter-declaring

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/04/accuser-silenced-and-witnesses-ignored-fbis-kavanaugh-probe-denounced-sham-and

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/04/bret-kavanaugh-is-a-liar-a-perjurer-and-belongs-in-jail-instead-of-on-the-supreme-court/

The important thing to remember here is that this is not a legal trial. Indeed, the Senators are not judges in the legal sense. Nor is the real issue whether Kavanaugh is a rapist. The question is whether he is impartial enough to sit as a supreme court justice. And he is not. He has spent his career as the servant of the very, very rich and, politically, of the GOP. He also has a long history as a fervent republican and as a notorious liar for their hearings going back over many years.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/03/drums-war-are-beating-icj-ruled-us-sanctions-violate-treaty-iran-so-pompeo-just

On Nov. 11, Canadians will remember and honour those who served in our wars - though most Canadians don't even know what all those wars were. (Most stop at the two world wars.)

Worse, they have long since forgotten what we promised we were fighting for - a world of peace and cooperation and of respect for international bodies like the UN.    Britain and the U.S. threw those rules into the dumpster very soon after 1945. Trump's dumping of the International Court is just the latest example

And Canada has uncritically followed that line from the start. The Canadian interventions in Afghanistan, Libya, Haiti and Syria are examples - as is our ignoring of U.S. criminal behaviour in countries like Iran and Venezuela.

We have broken all the promises we made. We have destroyed all we said we were fighting for.  I wonder whether any of the distinguished speakers and clergy of Nov. 11 will have the integrity to mention that.

Nah....
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/04/international-court-of-justice-strikes-down-us-sanctions-against-iran/

As in the case above.... The U.S. wants a war with Iran. It  has never forgiven Iran for kicking out British and American capitalist buzzards in 1948 to take control of their own oil. Then, they imposed a brutal, murderous and plundering Shah. And those terrible Iranians had the nerve to kick him out and elect their own government.

God bless America. (It needs all the blessing it can get.)
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Here's the true story about Venezuela - the one you'll never find in most western news media - including, i'm sorry to say, the CBC.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/03/creating-a-coup-climate-the-historical-roots-of-u-s-foreign-policy-towards-venezuela/
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Though Canadian historians tend to ignore this, the U.S. has, many times, made plans to invade Canada - some of them more recent than you might think. And the events of climate change  (such as the submergence of American coastal cities like New York or the drying up of US freshwater) could well revive such plans.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-invasion-of-canada/1691
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Remember - human behaviour commonly does not change much. Guess who just loved Hitler in the 1930s.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/hitler-s-carmaker-the-inside-story-of-how-general-motors-helped-mobilize-the-third-reich/5571
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50374.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50370.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50372.htm
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2018/10/get-outside-and-save-world

But what does Suzuki know? He's only one of our leading scientists. Mr. irving studied at Acadia University for two, whole years. And we know he's concerned about us ordinary people because his newspaper tells us so.
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In Canada, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Funny how the parties in New Brunswick's recent election didn't notice that. And it's going to get much, much worse. Greed is on a big roll in our world.

http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2018/10/canadas-incredible-expanding-wealth-gap

Hey! New Brunswick's just gotta cut taxes for those rich people.
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http://www.taxfairness.ca/en/news/cameco-ruling-shows-need-outlaw-tax-haven-use

I'm sure Mr. irving would never do this. And if he did, his fearless journalists would report him for it.
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Under international law, the U.S. has no right whatever to be in Syria. But when has the U.S. ever given a damn about international law?

https://theantimedia.com/us-marines-syria-join-battle/
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https://theintercept.com/2018/10/04/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-confirmation-corporate-regulations/
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http://www.voltairenet.org/article202998.html
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Now, the news  from New Brunswick which I'm sure will excite our readers in Russia, France, Ukraine.....

The irving press is bloody awful. Commonly, it can be read without any loss,   within two minutes. And it takes as long as two minutes only because I find the print on the comics page hard to read.

However, it had a fascinating column on page 1 for Oct. 3 by David Gauvin. The city has just completed building a hundred million dollar events centre. We were told it was  going to flood us with money. Now, we are learning that it costs money. Before it even opened,  the city  had to bail out its basketball team for $330,000 dollars - and it's still not going to draw fans. We are also learning that it will cost many, many thousands of our money for every show that comes - even if nobody attends.

Now, let's see -- who wanted us to spend a 100 million on an events centre? Oh, yeah. It was a member of New Brunswick's wealthiest family who happens to own the hockey team. And the local newspaper, also owned by New Brunswick's wealthiest family, was a big booster for the centre.

Then there's a big commentary by Herb Emery who has a biting column on how the province must control it's deficit spending. Maybe so. But, as usual, he doesn't mention how much of that deficit is caused by wealthy families that pay no income tax at all - and, often, very little municipal taxes. Nor does he mention that our bought governments routinely hand out very large sums from OUR money to these same families. But, of course, the irving press would never mention that..

There are 2 and 1/2 pages that are supposed to tell us all about Canada and the whole world. They never get past Canada. Nor do they say much even about Canada. And they have a column on a favourite theme of the irving press - the government spends too much money. The writer is Chris Morris who, like all irving writers, has never noticed that the wealthy pay no taxes at all.

Thursday's paper has a good headline story. "Former top judge slams NB for 'voting to abolish bilingualism.'"  Funny it never had a story on that during the election.

Then there's another column to please the rich  by what is really a propaganda house called The Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Oh, and an editorial criticizing our government spending. This one, too, has no mention of the fact that the wealthy don't pay taxes. The irving press might be lying. But it's consistent in its lies.

Canada and world is covered in a section that has just three stories. The biggest one, hold on to your hats, is that Calgary had a snowstorm.

New Brunswickers have no idea what is happening in their own province. (It certainly has no mention, for example, of scientific projections that rising water levels will make our downtown unlivable within the lifetimes of most of us.)

Outside New Brunswick? There's no mention of Americans starving the children of Yemen to death. There's no sense that the U.S. seems determined to invade Iran for no good reason, and that such an invasion would almost certainly force China and Russia to take a stance - and that would mean nuclear war. There's no mention we could find ourselves in a war with Venezuela for no good reason. Oh! And there's no mention we could find ourselves forced to supply our Great Lakes to the U.S. because of American squandering and abuse of their own clean water supply.

That's why it was easy for the Conservatives to run on a platform that was almost invisible. That's why it may be easy for the Conservatives to open up fracking in this province. That's why the Canadian People's Alliance could run a campaign with only one plank worth mentioning - forbidding glyphosate spraying. (Which it will certainly drop if it can form an alliance with one of the old parties.)

The Greens and the NDP had to run in campaigns in which the voters had no idea what was happening in the world, in Canada, or even on their own doorsteps. So both, though on the right track, perhaps, ran campaigns that were pretty wimpy.

New Brunswick is a province that is  comatose, and made so by most of its news media. Any political party that hopes to make any useful change in this province has to develop a full programme - certainly more extensive than those of the Greens and  the NDP. And it's going to have to get out and sell that programme every day until the next election. Otherwise, this province will NEVER change.

It's not just a matter of a campaign once every four years. We have a population that is deliberately kept in ignorance and daily fed on lies.  Changing that is not just a matter of winning a battle. It's a matter of winning a war.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Oct. 2: A Bad Day for News.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/canada-usmca-1.4845494

Trudeau and Freeland have to smile at the U.S. free trade deal. To be honest and admit that they were bullied into it would cost the Liberals the next election.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/kitimat-lng-canada-1.4845831

Brilliant. Just what we need, more greenhouse gasses. And our taxes will be subsidizing this.
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This hasn't made most of our news media.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/02/trump-administration-planet-boil-refugee-camps
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Israel will soon demolish another Palestinian village. (But the story will never make New Brunswick's irving press.)

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/sep/30/could-this-be-the-last-day-of-school-west-bank-khan-al-ahmar
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And in a related story....

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/29/two-children-among-seven-people-shot-dead-by-israel-say-officials
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When Trudeau and Trump are seated together - and smiling - beware. Somebody just got shafted.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/10/canada-capitulates-trump-trade-renegotiated-nafta
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What is now called Canada had slaves. New France had aboriginal slaves - though this didn't work well since it was too easy for them to escape into the wilderness. So it also had Black slaves. Funny how few history books mention that. At a former convent in Montreal that overlooks a busy intersection, there is a statue in remembrance of a Black woman, a slave in New France, who was torn apart by horses.

Black slavery was common in Canada until just decades before the American civil war. And what continued was gross discrimination against Blacks. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were notorious for that. But the rest of Canada was no slacker.

Until very recently, Canadian Blacks were commonly forced to live in ghettos. They were denied all but the cheapest paying jobs. They could not even be clerks in stores. For the men, the major employer was the railway system at low, low pay. Canadian universities commonly would not accept them either as students or faculty. Churches were often segregated. I was advisor to a Canadian Film Board production - Show Girls. It was about Black women of the 1940s and 50s who worked as singers and dancers in night clubs because there was no other work for them. (On Sundays, they sang in the choir of Montreal's Black church.)

Black men were not permitted to serve on most Canadian police forces.

Famously, and well into the 1960s and later, Black men could not get haircuts in White barbershops. The is famously told  in a poem about Fredericton, New Brunswick - 'Oh city so white you will not cut a Black man's hair...."

And, though things have improved, there is lots of bigotry that remains.

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2018/10/histories-anti-blackness-canada-and-todays-social
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https://www.thenation.com/article/pharmaceuticals-drugs-taxes-healthcare/

Well, why not? The very rich, in general, don't pay taxes anywhere in the western world.  Indeed, they constantly have their hands out to governments for more free money. That's why we have increasing poverty of the many accompanied by increasing wealth for the few. That's why Canadians will pick up part of the tab for a hugely expensive liquid gas operation in B.C.

And that's a system that is going to crash. Don't worry, though.

The very rich have their money safely hidden in special banks. They'll do just fine, just as they did fine in the last, great depression. I saw that as a child. And I have never forgotten the humiliation of being poor. Neither will you....
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....largely ignored in the irving press....

https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/02/everyone-washes-their-hands-as-gazas-economy-goes-into-freefall/
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https://countercurrents.org/2018/10/02/the-biggest-prison-on-earth-a-history-of-the-occupied-territories/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/02/regime-change-2-0-is-venezuela-next/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/01/battle-for-the-ages-priciest-us-weapon-the-f-35-just-attacked-one-of-worlds-most-primitive-fighters-the-taliban/

The US, led by its capitalists, has locked itself into an economy of throwing money at very expensive   (and often unnecessary) weapons. That's why Americans can't have medicare or decent salaries for teachers or free universities....
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-us-military-industrial-complexs-worst-nightmare-the-deployment-of-russias-s-300-air-defense-system-in-syria-may-destroy-and-expose-the-f-35/5655682
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50349.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50355.htm
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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181002-report-israel-killed-26-palestinians-wounded-2300-in-september/
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https://www.mintpressnews.com/global-de-dollarization-spells-jolts-and-crises-for-us-economy/250111/

But don't worry. I'm sure all our wealthy masters have long since converted most of their money to gold and other safe investments.
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https://truthout.org/articles/brace-for-impact-as-the-climate-end-game-has-arrived/
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As the U.S. and parts of Canada dry up due to climate change and commercial purposes thrust on  the Great Lakes, we could soon be facing tremendous pressure to dry up the Great Lakes.

https://truthout.org/articles/can-the-great-lakes-continue-to-fend-off-an-increasingly-thirsty-world/https://truthout.org/articles/brace-for-impact-as-the-climate-end-game-has-arrived/
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https://theintercept.com/2018/10/01/video-a-short-history-of-u-s-meddling-in-foreign-elections/
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Then there's New Brunswick and, for our sins, the Brunswick News which is all the daily papers of New Brunswick, all owned by one man. And the big stories of Canada and the whole world are????

Okinawa has had a gubernatorial election won  by  man who is opposed to having a U.S. military base there.  There's also a big story about changing place names in a local county. And one about hunters bagging a really big moose.

Everything YOU need to know.

 Important local news?  "Man injured by cow." In other local news  YOU need to know, a couple got married in a bowling alley, and an man in jail for a shooting was denied parole. Wow! Hold me back.

Oh, Chris Morris, who now seems to be the analyst on politics, has a large column on the election saying nothing that everybody didn't already know. And that's putting it kindly. And, course, she made a reference to the provincial deficit, again without mentioning that we have a deficit because the wealthy of this province don't pay taxes - and because we are always shovelling more of our tax money into the pockets of the very rich - who must by now be bloated.

Chris Morris was,  briefly, visiting chair of journalism at a local university. These positions are usually paid for by outside money. I wonder who paid for this one.

The people of this province don't have a clue what's going on in the world - or even on their own doorsteps. This is a newspaper designed, quite deliberately, to keep them in ignorance.

She mentions the possibility of one of the two (or both) smaller parties creating a government to join either the Liberals or the Conservatives. Come off it!

One of those parties, the People's Alliance, had, as a major stance, campaigned on eliminating French as an official language, though it is the language of a very large part of the population.

I have seen this process up close in Quebec. It is highly destructive of communities, of families, of lives. It is emotionally shattering. And, let's call it what it is. It is racist. As well, the party has no other planks that anybody could call intelligent. Any Liberal or Conservative who would court its support is beneath contempt.

So it's quite possible that both of them will court its support.

And the Greens party? I don't see how the Greens could possibly support such an environmentally destructive (and brainless) party as the Conservatives. If they did, I would lump them with the People's Alliance.

The Greens and the Liberals? Maybe. If they got some real guarantees from the Liberals. But even that wouldn't help because the Liberals - with either the Greens or the People's Alliance would still be a  minority government.

This province has a powerful class of the greedy wealthy, and it is served by a wretched press. It needs an NDP and a Greens with a much broader and stronger view than they now have. And it needs to spend far, far more time arousing the people of this province.

It also needs real newspapers.






Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sept. 29: Disgusting

Almost all 'think tanks' are propaganda organizations financed by very wealthy people who produce their propaganda as if it were the result of scholarly study. Some of its 'research fellows' are actually professors who would sell their mothers as sex slaves for the right price. The local think tank in my province is Atlantic Institute of Market Studies.

These think tanks then offer their 'studies' to newspapers, often newspapers owned by the same people who own the think tanks. These newspapers then run their 'studies' as if they were legitimate scholarship. Our local Brunswick News, which has a monopoly on all print news in the province, almost daily will run this propaganda.

However, I didn't know until today that these think tanks are also used as vehicles to finance the operations of far right think tanks - not just in their own countries, but in other countries as well.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/28/us-groups-raise-millions-to-support-rightwing-uk-thinktanks
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What's the fuss over Kavanaugh really all about?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/29/republicans-brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-dr-christine-blasey-ford
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/01/insult-to-injury-trump-global-gag-will-hit-women-traumatised-by-war
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/29/brett-kavanaugh-insidious-force-global-politics-toxic-masculinity
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For over fifty years, Israel has been stealing Palestinian land. And for some months now, Palestinians have been demonstrating, on the land that is still theirs, for a return of what  was stolen. And Israeli snipers have been killing them. Not surprisingly, the Irving press of New Brunswick hasn't noticed it.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/great-return-march-months-protests-gaza-strip-180926122828814.html
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Al Jazeera has changed its format. And it's still the most honest newspaper in the world.

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/50-years-illegal-settlements/index.html
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This next one is long - but probably accurate on what is happening to the world.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/09/27/heart-dying-empire
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The case our hero Trudeau will NOT the taking to the International Court that deals with war crimes.........

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/09/29/us-isnt-just-backing-yemen-war-its-helping-trap-those-forced-flee
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/09/bombs-not-homes-defines-trudeaus-feminist-foreign-policy
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An important story that the irving press long ago forgot about.

https://countercurrents.org/2018/09/29/bloody-friday-as-gaza-marks-six-months-of-protests/
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/27th-straight-bloody-friday-in-gaza-israeli-forces-kill-children/5655498
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/scientific-reviews-of-glyphosates-cancer-risk-fail-to-fully-disclose-monsantos-role/5655446

In the recent provincial election, New Brunswickers voted in a large majority for the two parties in this province that are committed to forest spraying that involves exposing the wild life and the people of this province to poisons.  (The People's Alliance Party was silent on the issue, so one has to assume it, too, likes to see us get poisoned.)

The province's chief medical officer warned us against it. So she was disposed of.

Talk about a passive province! Poison us. We don't mind.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50327.htm
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/climate-change-trump/

Not to worry. In New Brunswick's recent elections, the two leading parties and a rising newcomer had nothing to say about it. Nor have we seen anything about this issue in our newspapers - not surprising since all our newspapers are owned by a man who makes money by encouraging climate change.
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Here's a story we will never see in the irving newspapers of this province. And we certainly won't hear about it from the irving puppets in the Conservative Party.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/09/fracking-industrys-water-nightmare.html
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It is not always a good idea to believe Netanyahu.

https://theantimedia.com/their-news/168891/
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Here's a very different analysis of Trump's provocation of laughter at his UN speech.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-proper-response-to-trumps-un-speech-isnt-laughter-its-terror/
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Sometimes I profoundly regret having committed myself to this blog. Reading the world's news every day become a terrifying, then deadening, reminder of all we have failed to do.

Capitalism has become a wild beast of greed that knows no limits, that has power beyond and over all governments. I suppose it   has been for the last 500 years or so. But it's power now is greater than ever. To follow American politics, in particular, is to be reminded constantly of the destruction of democracy.

Here, in New Brunswick, we have just had an election in which the only parties which had anything that could be called a policy on climate change were the Greens with only 3 seats, and the NDP with no seats at all.

This is crashing down on us very, very rapidly. We need the fastest possible action and, at that, it may be too late. But only a tiny percentage of voters voted for any action at all.  Of course.

They get their news from a newspaper chain whose owner makes his living out of destroying our climate. As that happens, it will destroy him, too. But  his papers routinely ignore the issue of climate change, and the rate at which it is crashing in on us. Greed and self-interest will trump brains every time.

Our fearless federal prime minister is on a crusade now to declare Venezuela a place of  criminal behaviour in its resistance to U.S. interference and aggression. Yes. The evil one is Venezuela which has never invaded anyone; and we're doing this for the U.S. which has done nothing but invade, starve, mass murder millions of people for the last 70 years.

And that U.S. is probably crashing even now as I write this. But it's real rulers still have massive killing power, and all the signs are that they intend to use it - soon.

As the curtain falls on the American empire and as climate change begins to really hurt it, watch for an American insistence that Canada be joined to it.

This is arguably the most brutal, most vicious period in history. And that is saying a lot after the horrible centuries of the British, French and Spanish empires.

For all the posturing we'll see on Nov. 11, we have betrayed everything we told our soldiers, sailors and airmen they were fighting for in World War 2 - and Afghanistan and Libya. They were really dying to make our billionaires richer.

Think of all this when you're sitting in the Irving Chapel for the sermon by a real, top class clergyman - an expensively rented Dr. of Theology no less. And think of the Christianity we all lost a long, long time ago.